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by TimF
March 31st, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 58
Views: 1468

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

Up. What else am I going to do? I’m spending discretionary income on nothing else at this point. Two vacations cancelled. Might as well eat and drink well.
by TimF
March 31st, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures
Replies: 27
Views: 971

Re: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures

In for six once again. I think 2006 was my first year. Not sure if I’ve ever opened one that I bought off the list. Maybe this year...
by TimF
March 17th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: tercero wines - Special Offers
Replies: 5
Views: 779

Re: tercero wines - Special Offers

We should schedule an Open a Tercero bottle night in the next couple of weeks.
by TimF
February 24th, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Seeking 04, 05 Chave Hermitage
Replies: 1
Views: 220

Seeking 04, 05 Chave Hermitage

Would like a bottle of each for my kids’ birth years.
by TimF
February 23rd, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Spring 2020 offer
Replies: 59
Views: 5704

Re: SQN Spring 2020 offer

TimF wrote:
February 18th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Irony is the opposite of wrinkly.
Crickets
by TimF
February 18th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Spring 2020 offer
Replies: 59
Views: 5704

Re: SQN Spring 2020 offer

Irony is the opposite of wrinkly.
by TimF
February 16th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: Back Vintage Ridge Monte and Montelena
Replies: 4
Views: 490

Re: WTB: Back Vintage Ridge Monte and Montelena

These are not bottles people will easily part with. Best bet is probably an auction. Prices have shot up lately unfortunately. Ten years ago I was buying great vintages for under $100.
by TimF
February 6th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 259
Views: 14123

Re: Why sous vide?

We went thru a 8 oz bag of sodium citrate 11g at a time and my son does not love the MC "silky Mac and cheese" For me, it really depends on the cheese mix. Just made the SE SV chicken wings and they were great, and I'll make them again. I think I posted on your FB pic that you inspired me to cook m...
by TimF
February 6th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Why sous vide?
Replies: 259
Views: 14123

Re: Why sous vide?

I just made the modernist Mac and cheese. I followed the recipe as exactly as I could, weighing everything in grams. Out of the four of us we all agreed that the amount of noodles should be increased. I felt 50% more, my wife thought I should double them. My wife really didn’t like it as she felt t...
by TimF
January 25th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wild Alaskan
Replies: 2
Views: 622

Wild Alaskan

Has anyone sourced fish from the Wild Alaskan Company? I’m wondering what people think of the cost and quality.
by TimF
January 14th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 76
Views: 5308

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 2:43 pm
In the area, I strongly recommend Peake Ranch Winery.
That looks perfect. Will drive there from SBA then hit Tercero after. I get bored/tired when doing more than two tastings in a day. Any recommendations for maybe an hour long hike/walk in the area before dinner?
by TimF
January 13th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 76
Views: 5308

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

I'm working Tue-Fri in Santa Barbara next week. Flying in around noon on Monday so I'm planning to get a couple of tastings in the afternoon. What's the one spot in Los Olivos I shouldn't miss (beside Tercero)? It's been over 10 years since I've been in the area and I'm feeling somewhat nostalgic so...
by TimF
December 31st, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.
Replies: 78
Views: 2676

Re: Damn it; I like ketchup with my hot dog.

I grew up with ketchup on my dogs. I did really like mustard and sauerkraut on my dogs but those weren’t offered very often. I moved to the Midwest and was skeptical of the Chicago dog. I love it. Haven’t had ketchup on a dog since. I still do like the occasional sauerkraut dog. Chicago dog at a pla...
by TimF
December 25th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Foods impacted by tariffs
Replies: 4
Views: 892

Re: Foods impacted by tariffs

Victor Hong wrote:
December 25th, 2019, 6:23 am
Italian espresso coffee.
That would not originate in Italy, would it?
by TimF
December 25th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cinnamon Ice Cream.
Replies: 12
Views: 970

Re: Cinnamon Ice Cream.

What kind of cinnamon do you use? I notice a huge difference when I use high quality Mexican cinnamon in my corned beef brine.
by TimF
December 13th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Lobster source?
Replies: 29
Views: 1782

Re: Lobster source?

If you want to drive out to Villa Park you can get all you want at Supreme Lobster. I think many/most butchers around here use them. I like the place but it's a haul for me so I rarely go.

https://www.supremelobster.com/
by TimF
December 4th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Seeking Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
Replies: 8
Views: 395

Re: Seeking Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

Is there any place I could buy it and have it shipped to IL?
by TimF
December 2nd, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Seeking Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
Replies: 8
Views: 395

Re: Seeking Hardywood Gingerbread Stout

TimF wrote:
November 13th, 2018, 1:54 pm
Would like to grab a couple bottles. I think it's available in the Philly/VA area. Willing to trade (local Chicago brews) or pay.
2019 bump.
by TimF
November 27th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Scrambled eggs
Replies: 43
Views: 2579

Re: Scrambled eggs

Another anti-milk vote here. I vastly prefer making an omelette. Adding fresh herbs and cheese makes it one of my favorite things to eat.
by TimF
November 11th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6765

Re: Winebid revised.....

I guess. No luck on my phone via wifi or cell. No luck on my work vpn. Weird.
by TimF
November 11th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a couple lightweight 2016 Tercero wines (Carignane & Cinsault)
Replies: 5
Views: 713

Re: TNs: a couple lightweight 2016 Tercero wines (Carignane & Cinsault)

Nice -- these two just arrived via FedEx. [cheers.gif]
by TimF
November 11th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6765

Re: Winebid revised.....

Anyone else have a problem getting to Winebid's website? I get some error now "Because this site uses HTTP Strict Transport Security, you can’t continue to this site at this time."
by TimF
November 3rd, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: NYC City Council approves ban on Foie Gras Ban- 2022
Replies: 16
Views: 1631

Re: NYC City Council approves ban on Foie Gras Ban- 2022

MBerto wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 9:55 am
No foie in NYC, SF - Minneapolis new foodie capital of the US? Discuss.
Best steak I’ve ever eaten was at Manny’s in Minneapolis.
by TimF
October 28th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fave Champagne stopper?
Replies: 37
Views: 1610

Re: Fave Champagne stopper?

On a serious note, I don't find much difference between a stopper overnight in fridge and an open bottle in fridge overnight if drank the next evening unless it's something really aged. This. I was sick of hearing the old wives tale about sticking the end of the spoon keeping it fresh overnight so ...
by TimF
October 22nd, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bo ssam
Replies: 148
Views: 13381

Re: Bo ssam

It would still be good with no sauce. Do yourself a favor and make some ginger scallion sauce for yourself.
by TimF
October 21st, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Has anyone used an air fryer?
Replies: 15
Views: 1773

Re: Has anyone used an air fryer?

What is the difference between an air fryer and a convection oven?
by TimF
October 9th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: NYC proposed foie gras ban
Replies: 3
Views: 1515

Re: NYC proposed foie gras ban

I’ve been get frantic emails from my supplier. Chicago ban didn’t stick. Is it still illegal in CA?
by TimF
September 18th, 2019, 1:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?
Replies: 25
Views: 2145

Re: At What Age Did You Start Cooking?

I was helping my mom cook when I was very young. I was so small that I would sit on the counter. I’d help measure things. It’s possible that’s my earliest memory. I started making eggs by myself when I was five or six. Cookies shortly after that.
by TimF
September 5th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 2261

Re: BBQ Tour

Andrew, So much here to consider. Kind of overwhelming. I think you could literally do a 3-4 week tour of Texas alone. Especially when you start factoring in environmental factors for lack of a better term. For instance, let's take Franklin's and Snow's. One in Austin, one not far from Austin. Both...
by TimF
September 4th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Tour
Replies: 24
Views: 2261

Re: BBQ Tour

I did a week in Texas with my family in March with the main purpose to eat BBQ. There’s a thread somewhere around here with lots of info. After a week I was ready for detox so maybe keep that in mind. I’d say the must-visit places for me would be 1) Snows (best ribs in my life) 2) Franklin (best bri...
by TimF
August 18th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 7066

Re: Worst wines you've had?

When I was first getting into wine I was very open to trying anything. I bought a bottle of Pinot Noir from Romania. Horrific. The folks saying Meomi make me chuckle. That’s a walk in the park in comparison.
by TimF
August 18th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 7066

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Adam Frisch wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Pinotage has come up twice now. What's so bad with it? Never tried any even when I was there.
I’ve never had one that I disliked.
by TimF
August 14th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Panasonic CROUSTINA - new breadmaker
Replies: 6
Views: 684

Re: Panasonic CROUSTINA - new breadmaker

My wife had a machine that died several years ago and we haven't replaced it yet. It was nice to wake up to fresh bread in the morning. I'm curious if anyone has experience with the Zojirushi BB-PDC20BA?
by TimF
August 12th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy notes
Replies: 9
Views: 1243

Re: Italy notes

Greg the website for Osteria Acquacheta mentions The Tavern rules but then doesn't show any. Looks like one glass for water and wine and you sit at communal tables. Also looks like you can bring wine. The reviews look great. Did you try the Bistecca ? Tuscany & Umbria (Florence unless indicated) Hi...
by TimF
August 12th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs
Replies: 22
Views: 1460

Re: Phoenix/Scottsdale Recs

Let me tack on an additional request. We're heading out to Phoenix (Gilbert to be exact) for my in-laws 50th anniversary. They are not drinkers at all. My FIL enjoys steak so it doesn't have to be a steakhouse but could be. There's no other family in town so it will just be 6 of us (I've got a 15 an...
by TimF
August 9th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last minute visit to Santa Cruz: suggestions for a winery or 2 to visit?
Replies: 21
Views: 1531

Re: Last minute visit to Santa Cruz: suggestions for a winery or 2 to visit?

Yes. Only a short 75 minute drive from Ridge. Worth considering, it that makes any logistical sense. I do have the whole day to burn. Is this a case where Google maps significantly understates the drive time? I haven't been up in those hills in about 10 years. IIRC, the last time I think I was equi...
by TimF
August 8th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds
Replies: 10
Views: 2142

Re: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds

I second Mr. Kolin’s recommendation. Once you have homemade corned beef, you can’t go back. Homemade mustard on top of that is “last meal” worthy.
by TimF
August 7th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last minute visit to Santa Cruz: suggestions for a winery or 2 to visit?
Replies: 21
Views: 1531

Re: Last minute visit to Santa Cruz: suggestions for a winery or 2 to visit?

I’m visiting Ridge on 9/14. Would like to do another tasting somewhat close. I’ll be staying in Redwood Shores or nearby there. Mount Eden appears to be booked that day. Thanks!
by TimF
August 6th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 226
Views: 19935

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

I will have to do a side by side comparison.
by TimF
August 5th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 226
Views: 19935

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco 2016

I’m heading there for a conference next month. Does Swan Oyster still have a line out the door? I absolutely loved that place when I went in 2012.
by TimF
July 31st, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Critique my Italy plans
Replies: 92
Views: 4423

Re: Critique my Italy plans

+2 Roscioli. And totally agree with Richard's advice on pasta, ham and salumi and vino - and nothing else. But the recommended things they do very, very well. FWIW, we've always loved every guide we've had with Context Travel. It sounds like you have some tours locked in, but if any of the Context ...
by TimF
July 30th, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2401

Re: Florence recommendations

Had this at Enoteca Pitti a couple of days ago. It was delightful at 80e. They kind of tried talking me out of having an old Chianti but once they saw I really appreciated it the wall came down. The server asked, “so which one of you was born in 1974?”. So much fun. This trip has been amazing. In Si...
by TimF
July 26th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy notes
Replies: 9
Views: 1243

Re: Italy notes

Just had dinner at Osteria Acquacheta tonight. That place and this town are ridiculously charming. You go to Rome and thinks it’s charming, then you come here... Mama Mia...
by TimF
July 23rd, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 84
Views: 6842

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

Homemade. I’ve never tasted any store bought that comes close. What's your recipe? flirtysmile I make it the caraway mustard from the Ruhlman and Polcyn Chacuterie book. It’s very good but I’m convinced there is an error. Either that or they use enormous chicken eggs. I have to double the egg yolks...
by TimF
July 15th, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 4106

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Got a reservation for next Thursday in the Roscioli Salumeria wine cellar. Thanks!
by TimF
June 10th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 3747

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

There are “a few” German restaurants left in Chicago? I usually go to Milwaukee or the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle.
by TimF
June 8th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices
Replies: 30
Views: 2804

Re: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices

Mark Golodetz wrote:
June 8th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Basically averaging bottle prices and ignoring consumption. A bottle of Romanee Conti has huge impact on pricing, while a high consumption wine like Yellowtail has mathematically very little.
And Yellowtail probably sells more wine in the US than France.
by TimF
June 4th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 84
Views: 6842

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

Homemade. I’ve never tasted any store bought that comes close.

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